An Bord Pleanala gives the go ahead to Castlegregory development.

A development of 7 houses for Castlegregory, has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala. The initial application was approved by Kerry County Council, subject to 34 conditions. The location in Kilshannig is designated as a ‘sensitive landscape’, prompting a number of local residents and An Taisce to lodge an appeal. The site to the northeast of Kilshannig village is designated as a sensitive landscape.After the Council granted planning, an appeal was made by a local couple on those grounds. An Taisce noted that the project might set a precedent for further housing. An officer of the planning board recommended refusal due in part to the sensitive landscape. This decision was later overturned by a vote of the board, and permission granted, subject to 14 conditions. Many relate to the visual impact of the houses, and their purpose. Provision of guest accommodation is prohibited. Developer Pat O`Connell is required to lodge a bond with the council and pay the standard development contribution.